Category Archives: classic cinema

Silver Saucers & Bug-Eyed Monsters

Keep Watching the Skies: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties (21st Century Edition) by Bill Warren (Introduced by Howard Waldrop) McFarland & Company Inc., Publishers (2010) A thoroughly remarkable tome. At once an invaluable, nay, exhaustive resource and a … Continue reading

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Film quote

“Could it be that some film directors (like Hitchcock), if they are to gaze with such longing, are safer and freer if they don’t ask too much about their own motives? Is it possible that a similar liberating restraint applies … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2016: An Eclectic Roster

I managed to squeeze in over 100 films in 2016. A good mix of foreign and domestic releases (those looking for blockbusters, comic book flicks and eye candy should search elsewhere). Here’s my list of favourites: “High Rise” (Director: Ben … Continue reading

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“High-Rise” (Directed by Ben Wheatley)

High-Rise (2016) Director: Ben Wheatley Writers: Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley Cast: ┬áTom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elizabeth Moss A magnificent adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cooly savage, satirical novel, Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” is gruesomely faithful to Ballard’s … Continue reading

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More from Andrew Sarris

“Visual style is never an end in itself, and it cannot be ultimately defended except as it relates to a director’s taste and sensibility. Any visual style can be mechanically reproduced, but without the linkage to a directorial personality, the … Continue reading

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Andrew Sarris quote

“In cinema, as in all art, only those who risk the ridiculous have a real shot at the sublime.” (Andrew Sarris, ┬áThe American Cinema)

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Words of wisdom from Werner

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